Beatrice's attitude about love and life changes drastically during the course of the play. She begins the novel by feeling very cynical of love and uses her sharp wit and intellect to avoid having to show any vulnerability. Her cousin, Hero, falls in love with another man, and Beatrice makes several comments to Hero about the silliness of the whole thing. However, when Beatrice overhears that Benedick has feelings for her, an entirely new side of Beatrice appears. She suddenly lets down her guard and allows herself to be wooed by Benedick. Her wit is still intact, but the softer side of Beatrice demonstrates her transformation and reevalution of love and her renewed outlook on life.